Category Archive: Backstory

  • Walt Disney is a household name. A visionary motion picture and television producer, he constantly pushed boundaries in animation and pioneered beloved cartoon and animation films like Mickey Mouse, Sleeping Beauty and Pinocchio. Source: You may think that Walt’s life is too magical or exceptional from the rest of us. But, How to Be […]

  • We have all heard of Jules Verne. Apart from being the second-most translated author in the world, he is also considered the father of science fiction—yep! He’s the man behind well-loved sci-fi classics such as Twenty Leagues Under the Sea and Journey to the Center of the Earth. How cool is that! Today we’ll be […]

  • Charles Dickens’ keen observation of character and society remains unforgettable. Despite being regarded as one of the best Victorian authors, his path to success was fraught with hardship. Curious to know where it all began for this iconic writer? Source:   Early Years Charles Dickens was born into a middle class family in 1812, […]

  • Explaining a joke usually leads to deafening silence, groans and boos. As author of Charlotte’s Web, Elwyn Brooks White, puts it: “Humour can be dissected, as a frog can, but the thing dies in the process and the innards are discouraging to any but the pure scientific mind.” It’s clear to everyone that dissecting jokes […]

  • Wars. Nuclear weapons. Free will. Suicide. Race relations. These are all emotionally charged and serious topics that Kurt Vonnegut didn’t shy away from. Instead, he addressed them in his novels head-on in a humorous and imaginative way. Source: “Perhaps, when we remember wars, we should take off our clothes and paint ourselves blue and […]